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Overview of The Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & Sciences Charter School

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

In order to increase the successful participation of low-income students and to build a college-seeking culture, The Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & Sciences Charter School (RLOA) is providing an engaged learning environment that prepares students for the 21st century global economy.

In accordance with the South Carolina Charter School Act of 2005, RLOA's focus is to improve student learning, increase opportunities for students, encourage the use of a variety of productive teaching methods, establish new forms of accountability, create new professional opportunities for teachers, and lead South Carolina in reaching academic excellence.


The educational program of RLOA is designed to address the individual needs of every student and serve children’s diverse learning styles within a small school environment of shared core values.  Our school culture fosters academic pride, positive peer support, and a sense of personal responsibility among students, parents, teachers, staff, and other community members.  RLOA provides a positive learning environment in which children can grow to their full potential.    The integration of the arts throughout the curriculum provides students with natural avenues to utilize their strengths in the service of the areas in which they need to grow.  In the first year of operation, RLOA serves grades Kindergarten through 8th grade, adding an additional grade level in each subsequent year.  Our 9th grade curriculum will incorporate STEM to provide our students with the needed computer, science, and technology training they need to function in the modern economy.


RLOA is a tuition-free, public charter school, authorized by the South Carolina Public Charter School District and is located in Jasper County, a rural area in which 25 percent of its residents live below the poverty level.  Among RLOA's student population, 88 percent are eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program, with one-third black, one-third white, and one-third Hispanic.  Students were selected through a lottery process.


There are no other charter schools within the county and the Jasper County School District is a plaintiff in the Abbeville County School District, et al. v The State of South Carolina et al lawsuit.  Jasper County School District has had an absolute rating of either “At Risk” or “Below Average” on the South Carolina district report card for the past six years. The Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & Sciences Charter School is providing the opportunity for students to thrive and succeed, both as students and as citizens.


Our current enrollment is 450 students, with 50 students per grade (25 in each classroom).  A project-based, differentiated curriculum provides a rich hands-on learning experience for students.  Paraprofessionals, team leaders, reading and math specialists, and other support personnel provide teachers and students with the needed assistance to maximize learning. 


As we begin the process of renovating the old 33-acre West Hardeeville school facilities, which encompasses approximately 65,000 square feet, RLOA is currently holding classes in ten large learning cottages that hold two classrooms each, plus an administration building.  A small cafeteria provides breakfast, lunch, and snack free of charge to all our students.  A 10-acre athletic field provides ample room for outdoor sports to our students.

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Non-Discrimination Statement

The Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & Sciences Charter School is authorized by the South Carolina Department of Education through the South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD). Royal Live Oaks Academy of Arts and Sciences Public Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, religion, immigrant status, or national origin in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and Other designated youth groups. For questions pertaining to:

  1. Special Education and Section 504, contact: Dr. Karen Wicks - Coordinator of Special Education Services, 843-784-2630 
  2. Title IX contact: Joyce Dalton - Director of Special Programs 843-784-2630 
  3. Guidance, contact: Precious Barr - Guidance Counselor 843-784-2630 
  4. Federal Programs, contact Dr. Karen Wicks - The Coordinator of Federal Programs 843-784-2630 

All of the above persons may be reached by mail at the following address:

PO Box 528 | Hardeeville SC 29927 | 843-784-2630 (Phone) | 843-784-2623 (Fax)


The Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & Sciences Charter School is authorized by the South Carolina Department of Education through the South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD). Royal Live Oaks Academy of Arts and Sciences Public Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, religion, immigrant status, or national origin in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and Other designated youth groups. For questions pertaining to:
1. Special Education and Section 504, contact: Dr. Karen Wicks - Coordinator of Special Education Services, 843-784-2630
2. Title IX contact: Joyce Dalton - Director of Special Programs 843-784-2630
3. Guidance, contact: Precious Barr - Guidance Counselor, 504 Coordinator 843-784-2630
4. Dr. Karen Wicks - Executive Director/Principal 843-784-2630
5. All of the above persons may be reached by mail at the following address: